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A crowd of people sit, listening to four legal experts discuss cases in the front of a room.

"Legal Experts Discuss the Upcoming Supreme Court Term"

GW Today profiled an event hosted by GW Law where a panel of legal experts discussed major cases on the upcoming Supreme Court docket. Read about the issues discussed including abortion, immigration, gun laws, and LGBTQ+ rights.

Professor Laura A. Dickinson

Professor Dickinson Joins Leadership Council for Women in National Security

Professor Dickinson is working to increase diversity in the national security field. "Whether in a meeting room in the Pentagon or a panel at a thinktank, there are many times there aren't any female voices at the table. In 2019, that's just not acceptable."

Judge gavel and prisoner handcuffs.

Gutman Discusses Compensation for DMV Exonerees

Professor Jeffrey S. Gutman appears on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss how difficult it is for exonerees in Maryland, DC, and Virginia to get compensation and what process state officials use to calculate the fiscal equivalent of a very human cost.


Roundtable on a Unified Suspension and Debarment Rule

This event has been postponed indefinitely.

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  • Jasmine Smith

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    "It's particularly helpful to have such accomplished female professors. I felt they understood that in a profession historically dominated by men, mine would be a different journey."​ - Jasmine Smith,
    JD '18​​​​​​

  • Nicolas Sabet

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    "The professors of GW in NY teach us about whatever they did that day. This real-world experience in the business field, for an entire semester—GW is the only law school offering that." - Nicolas Sabet, JD '18

  • Meredith Lapp

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    "One summer, I worked with another law student from the Midwest who had to cram the great experience of working in D.C. into a few weeks. But because I'm here in D.C., I could continue working at my externship during the school year. This led to a job offer." - Meredith Lapp

Beyond the Academy

  • Jonathan R. Siegel
  • Robert Brauneis
  • Lawrence Cunningham
  • Susan R. Jones

On Wednesday, June 26, Justice Gorsuch cited an article by Professor Jonathan Siegel in his concurring opinion in Kisor v. Wilkie. The case concerned whether courts should overturn the doctrine of "Auer defererence," which calls upon courts to defer to administrative agencies' reasonable interpretations of ambiguous agency regulations. Justice Gorsuch argued that since Auer deference was created, judicial interpretation has come to focus more on simply reading and understanding statutory and regulatory text. He cited a 1998 article by Professor Siegel for the proposition that "we are all textualists now." A search on WESTLAW shows that Professer Siegel was the first to publish this now-commonplace observation.

June 26, 2019

Professor Robert Brauneis is cited three times by Chief Justice John Roberts in his opinion for the Supreme Court in Knick v. Township of Scott, a case concerning the application of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. The Court ruled that plaintiffs who allege that state or local governments have taken their private property with no compensation may proceed directly to federal court with their grievances. Professor Brauneis’s article, The First Constitutional Tort: The Remedial Revolution in Nineteenth-Century State Just Compensation Law, 52 Vand. L. Rev. 57 (1999), provided important historical background from which the Court drew in deciding the case. The article has been cited in opinions in two other Supreme Court cases, as well as in a number of state court cases.

June 21, 2019

Lawrence A. Cunningham, Founding Faculty Director of GWNY, is cited extensively in a major contracts law opinion by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The case examines contract interpretation law, which Cunningham has portrayed as "untidy but pragmatic."  The court seemed to agree, in a case that’s been widely followed throughout the national business community. "This kind of dispute arises between businesses every day, and getting clarity around how to resolve it will add enormous value."

January 18, 2019

Susan R. Jones, Professor of Clinical Law, has been elected to the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

October 24, 2018